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As exam season approaches many pupils across Wales can find themselves feeling overwhelmed and anxious. This is a natural reaction as exams are an important part of academic life. However, by preparing well for exams, the intensity of these feelings can be reduced. Here are some of our top tips for preparing for your GCSE, AS Level, and A Level exams.


Have a plan

Start by setting realistic goals and creating a study schedule that includes regular breaks. It is also important to allocate a quiet and distraction-free space for revision. When revising, make sure you have past papers and sample questions as these can help you identify areas that you may need to further focus on. A solid plan can help you feel calmer and avoid last-minute cramming.


Find out what revision style works for you

Our brains work differently, so what works for a friend may not work for you and vice versa. If you feel that reading directly from a textbook doesn’t work then colour-coding your revision notes or making them into bullet points could be a good option. Or if you need to know certain formulas or theories, you could try creating a song or poem to help you remember them.


Take care of yourself

It is always essential to take care of your physical and mental well-being and during exam season this is more important than ever. Getting adequate sleep, eating well, and making sure to stay active can have an impact on your ability to focus.


Ask for help

If there’s something you don’t understand then seeking help from teachers or tutors can be beneficial. They can provide valuable insights, clarify doubts, and offer additional resources that can aid in a better understanding. When revising at home, don’t be afraid to give your notes to your foster carer or someone you live with and ask them to test you.


Remember your best effort is always enough

After each exam, relax and try not to dwell on the answers you’ve given. Remember that your worth is not defined by exam grades, and there are always opportunities to improve and learn from mistakes. With hard work and self-belief, success is achievable.


Good luck to all pupils in their exams.


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Date published

29 April 2024

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